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Emily Dickinson # 318 “I’ll Tell You How the Sun R

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Emily Dickinson
# 318
“I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose”
I'll tell you how the Sun rose —
A Ribbon at a time —
The Steeples swam in Amethyst —
The news, like Squirrels, ran —
The Hills untied their Bonnets —
The Bobolinks — begun —
Then I said softly to myself —
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set — I know not —
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while —
Till when they reached the other side,
A Dominie in Gray —
Put gently up the evening Bars —
And led the flock away —
1.
Identify specific text to support the
allusion.
2. What is the author’s purpose in including
this allusion?
3. How does this develop theme?
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